Space explorer's watch brings $45k



2015-06-26 11:40:06

Space explorer's watch brings $45k

A Seiko wristwatch worn by a business entrepreneur and space explorer has brought five figures at Antiquorum in New York

Antiquorum's September watch sale in New York was as varied as it was successful.

The 414 lots, which netted a total of $9m, included two record breaking Patek Philippes and a watch owned by Marlon Brando.

Not least among them was a watch that has been used in space.

The Seiko GMT Spring Drive Spacewalk was made in a limited edition of six pieces especially for the 12 day Space Mission "Soyuz TMA-13" to the International Space Station.

It was worn by the private space explorer and renowned video game designer, Richard Garriott.

The Seiko watch is classed as a "flown" piece, meaning that it has been in space. Proceeds from the sale went to the Nature Conservancy and the Challenger Center.

The Antiquorum sale was a massive success, with 414, or 85%, of the lots selling for around $9m in total. Notable international bidding came from countries such as Italy, Turkey and Hong Kong.

Big sales included the incredible breaking of two world records by Patek Philippe watches - the Ref. 5016 and Ref. 3939 selling for $178,000 and $684,000, respectively.

Antiquorum's next auction is in Geneva on October 3-4, featuring another extraordinary collection of modern and vintage collectible timepieces.

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